Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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Logistics in NRW

Thanks to an ideal set of conditions, the logistics industry is among the fastest growing business sectors in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW ranks as one of Europe's major transportation hubs. The direct links with the Belgian and Dutch seaports and the dense transport network make NRW the leading logistics location in Europe. The volume of air freight is expanding continuously. Well-developed inland waterways offer direct access to destinations throughout Europe. Via the new Betuwe freight railroad NRW is now connected directly to Rotterdam, Europe's largest seaport.

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Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

... that every UPS parcel that leaves or arrives in Europe passes through Cologne-Bonn Airport? ... that all the European capitals are within 3 hours' flight time from NRW? ... that the world's largest inland port, Duisport, is located in NRW?

Quick Facts

  • 27,800 logistics enterprises with a total of 314,000 employees generate sales of €70 billion.
  • Including the logistics activities within trade and industry, the sector employs a combined workforce in excess of 615,000.
  • Six airports offer direct flights to 400 destinations. Two of these airports – Düsseldorf and Cologne-Bonn – also serve intercontinental destinations.  
  • Via the dense network of freeways (total length: 2,200 kilometers) every major town and city in NRW is connected directly to the European expressway system.
  • Measuring 6,000 kilometers in length, NRW has the densest railroad network in Germany.
  • 226 kilometers of the River Rhine, one of the world's busiest waterways, flow through NRW.
  • Every year the world's largest inland port in Duisburg handles around 69 million tons of freight via ship, rail and road.

Networks – Innovation transfer for a successful future

Under the umbrella of "EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr" more than 160 companies and 12 research institutes are in the process of developing new logistics technologies. The state cluster for logistics ("LogistikCluster NRW") has created specific platforms for logistics-related issues and promotes the practical application of research findings. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund is one of the world's largest research facilities in the field of logistics.

Logistics enterprises in NRW

Numerous logistics enterprises and global players already reap the benefits of North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location. In NRW they operate distribution centers and manage their national and international merchandise flows: 

3M Amazon BLG LOGISTICS Dachser
DHL FedEx Esprit Fiege
IKEA Kühne + Nagel QVC Rhenus
Schenker Seacon Logistics TK Max TNT
UPS Yusen Logistics Zalando
Frauenhofer IML: Innovative Cloud Computing software
Logistics IT From The Cloud Source: Fraunhofer IML
For the first time in logistics IT, a cloud computing solution enables the hiring and user-oriented accounting of services, processes and programmes in the form of separate, flexible and mutually-compatible modules. Welcome to the Logistics Mall! This virtual supermarket offers software suppliers and users an on-line platform to market and acquire logistics software. Here clients can find solutions for a wide range of fields, starting with commissioning, packaging and relocation down to complete supply chains. Cloud technology helps the user not only to choose the programmes using their internet browser, but also to configure and manage them with no need to worry about installation or maintenance. The Logistics Mall has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and Software and Systems Engineering (ISST) in Dortmund. The platform has already won many awards, among them the "Innovationspreis-IT 2011" and “elog@istics award 2012".

Logistics at its best: North Rhine-Westphalia